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hurricane sandy lashing the east coast this morning from the carolinas into new england. the massive and dangerous system expected to cause life-threatening flooding, power outages and billions of dollars in damage. even as you look at these pictures in virginia beach, we want to tell you that it's going to get worse. if you're looking and thinking this is not as bad as i thought it was going to be, this storm has not come ashore yet in the northeast and over the next several hours into late this evening and tonight this will get worse. it is monday, october 29, 2012. good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie along with
matt lauer. the storm you're seeing the effects right there is doing exactly what it was forecast to do. gaining strength. starting its turn towards the coast. let's give you a reset what we know right now. sandy is a category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour. the eye is located about 310 miles south-southeast of new york city at the moment. emergency officials in new york city and washington, d.c. have taken unprecedented action to deal with the storm shutting down the mass transit systems and cancelling schools. >> stock markets here in new york have been closed for today, possibly they will be closed tomorrow as well. and here's why. look at the size of this storm. this is a nasa image from space captured over the weekend. the hurricane is about 800 miles wide. that means it's going to impact a huge region and since it's moving so slowly only 15 or 10 miles an hour it will impact that region for a very long time. >> obviously a huge weather
story. there's a political story here too. the presidential election just eight days away, president obama began his day in florida but with the weather deteriorating in washington, d.c., he rushed back to the white house. he cancelled his appearance in orlando and has just now cancelled an event for tomorrow scheduled for green bay, wisconsin and governor romney has also cancelled some of his events. we'll have more on the impact on the presidential race. >> we have correspondents stationed all up and down the east coast. let's start with al roker. >> reporter: if you look back at this beech there's usually on a beautiful sunny day from these dunes out to the water's edge about 150 feet as you can see. that is gone. and it is enencroacroaching on
dunes. sandy is threatening these dunes and the winds are picking up. sandy has 85 mile-per-hour winds. it is moving north-northwest at 20 miles per hour. so it's picked up forward speed. and at this at any rate it will be reaching the new jersey shore line sometime within the early evening hours to mid to late evening hours here along the shore line. once that happens as you can see on the path all bets off. this is a massive storm. over 800 miles wide. doesn't matter where it hits. but, the northeast quadrant of the storm is the worst part and that's where it will cause problems for new york, coastal new jersey, long island. with the storm surge we expect the surge to be anywhere from six to 11 feet above-normal and the big problem is this is an astro nomical high tide. we have to be worried about the
winds. the winds will be sustained later this evening around 50 to 55 miles per hour. and higher. wind gusts over 70 miles per hour. and that will bring down power lines and trees and that will mean massive power outages. one estimation is it could be 10 million people without power at some point during this storm. and we've got rain to deal with. that's why besides coastal flooding from the surge there is actual rain flooding. flooding from rain, five to seven inches of rain generally but some areas may pick up to 10 inches of rain before it's all over. as if that's not enough, cold air being drawn into the system, and tropical moisture coming in. it's colliding over the mountains of west virginia. one to two feet of snow possible from there into the western mountains of virginia and the low-lying regions of ohio will see snow as well. so this is an unprecedented storm making an unprecedented
move causing unprecedented weather. it will be one for the history books. savannah? >> let's get to nbc's lester holt, about 300 miles to the south in virginia beach, virginia. power outages already being reported. lester, good morning to you again. >> reporter: good morning. listening to al, remarkable to think the eye of the storm has never gotten more than a couple hundred miles away from here yet. we had tropical storm force winds. huge waves pounding that fishing pier just over my shoulder. and potentially undermining it. we've been watching that situation unfold all morning. right now it's holding. the worst of the storms is actually, should at least move through this area and as it heads north what they are expecting is that the worst and it may still be to come. barreling towards the east coast hurricane sandy has nearly 60 million people on severe storm watch this morning. >> kind of scary what's going on
here. hopefully it's going to miss us. >> reporter: the mega storm stretches more than 800 miles wide from maine to north carolina. >> this is a serious and big storm. and my first message is to all people across the eastern seaboard, mid-atlantic, going north, that you need to take this very seriously. >> reporter: police are going door to door in coastal towns such as point pleasant beach, new jersey where storm surge is the greatest concern. more than 1 million people have been given a mandatory evacuation. >> we have four kids so it's sort of the sensible thing. >> reporter: including 375,000 in new york city where the entire transit system has been brought to a halt. no trains, buses or subways until further notice. >> we don't want to encourage people being up and about. >> reporter: transportation nationwide has also been affected with an estimated 6,800 flights grounded so far.
frankenstorm, as it has been nicknamed, is expected to bring widespread heavy rainfall of up to 10 inches, coupled with destructive wind gusts of 75 miles per hour and in some areas blizzard snowstorms. the damage, officials estimate, could be in the billions. today, those looking for supplies may find empty shelves after this weekend's mad rush. >> i've already done the grocery shopping, got the flashlight, you know, have the candles, so i just needed to go out and get some ice. >> reporter: while utility crews coming from as far away as illinois are doing their best to control potential power outages. >> last night the power went out for about five seconds which my heart stopped. >> reporter: for now the east coast is just awaiting the eye of the storm. >> hope for the best and expect the worst. >> reporter: along the boardwalk in virginia beach, the power is still on, there has been some fairly significant flooding
across this area, especially in low-lying areas of norfolk and while i might point out we associate hurricanes with a tropical-like condition, tropical humid warm air. it's quite cold out here. it's in the 50s with the wind. it's like biting ice pellets slamming across us right now. >> lester hang in there. lester holt in virginia beach for us. a lot of people think of life here in new york city they think of us living above ground in high rise buildings but there's low-lying areas of this island as well and ann thompson is in one of those areas, lower manhattan. ann, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. you can see behind me this is new york harbor, we have the statue liberty in the distance. ellis island to the right of it. here in new york harbor you can see just how much the sea has churned up. we have swells, we have white caps and i can tell you if i take a look here i would say the water level which has come up
since high tide is about a foot, maybe a foot-and-a-half below this seawall. but if you come down here with me, where you can see some people are taking some pictures at the lower part of this promene, the water has already come over the wall and has started to soak the southern tip of this promenade here and that is what city officials fear because they think as this storm goes on and as we hit another high tide tonight they fear a storm surge of up to 11 feet and that is why today in new york city there's no mass transit, the buses, the trains and the subways are shut down. the subways alone carry 4.3 million people in this city. so they are trying to urge tomb stay home, stay safe because it's just not worth coming out here. matt? >> all right. thank you so much. let's talk about our neighbors to the east, the state of connecticut. they have a coastline there that could see a storm surge between
six and 11 feet. katie is in mystic, connecticut. >> reporter: a big concern. storm surge of six to 11 feet. twice the size of me. imagine this water coming from long island sound two times above my head. that's the problem. the wind has pick up. governor dan malloy just finished a briefing. he said the worst is yet to come. the wind will be bad between 3:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. they are concerned about high tide the high tide that will come in at midnight tonight. with the storm surge of six to 11 feet and a high tide they are expecting many of the coastal communities including where we are right now in mystic to be completely flooded out. that's why there's mandatory evacuations across the coastal areas. the good news is most of those people have left. other than the flooding and the damage that will be caused by that there are eight electrical sub stations along the coast and that can cause a lot of power outages. they had hundreds of thousands
of people without power during irene last year. they expect the same this year, probably even worse. they are thinking maybe as many as 600,000 without power for days to come. again the surge is really going to be problem here. we'll see that later in the evening and into tomorrow. matt? >> we spoke to connecticut's governor daniel malloy earlier this morning. he said this storm is one of the biggest threats to human life in his state in years. i began by asking governor malloy what worries him specifically about sandy. >> it's the next two tides. could experience tides this afternoon at about what the perfect storm was. tonight's tide during the nighttime hours could be twice that, and that's our biggest worry. if that happens it really is
catastrophic. the amount of damage and loss of property is going to be extreme. we've been talking about it for days. we've prepared. we have people trying places. we have equipment in the right places. really we're waiting to see what mother nature throws at us. let's be clear. this storm is staying on script. and that script brings us to the worst result we could possibly have imagined. >> as a result of that, and mandatory evacuations and suggested evacuations, how many people in your state do you think have been displaced at this moment? nine the evacuation zones, because this is a category 4, this is our highest category emergency that we would consider along the shore, 360,000 people have been urged to leave their homes. that's the number we're talking about. so, put it this way. that's about one tenth of our entire population. but let's be very clear. you're talking about new haven, you're talking about bridgeport, you're talking about stamford,
three of our largest and most important cities with neighborhoods spread out throughout every one of the towns, 30 towns ordered evacuations. it's an extraordinary effort that's under way and it's different than anything we've ever done. people in connecticut are used to a hurricane being a six to 12 hour event. this is a 36 hour event affecting at least four high tides. the first one was last night. not bad but we needed to get people understanding that each one will get progressively worse. this one which will be bad and tonight's which can be catastrophic. that's our big worry. we've urged people to leave as soon as possible. yesterday, today if they are there, tonight could just be the worse. >> a house keeping note your state's only nuclear power plant the millstone plant, any plans to shupt that down >> as of last night it had been taken down 75% of capacity. they will make decisions later today. it's not going affected by wind and not being affected by tides.
it's built pretty high. what they are worried about is stuff in the water. so if house get swept in or other things get swept in that could be an impact. if that's threatened they will take it down. >> real quickly after irene we saw massive power outages in the state of connecticut. do you have crews in from other states unaffected standing by and for the people who do lose power over the next 48 hours or so, governor, how long do you think they will be without power? >> if it's in response to flooding they are going to be out for a long period of time. if we lose the nine sub stations that are in titled affected areas, potentially, then this is going to be a long term event. if we can avoid those being overcome by waves or water, then recovery will be more rapid. so, really we're talking about days, one way or the other. we could be talking about weeks. >> daniel malloy the governor connecticut just to give you and idea how seriously they are
taking this. he's ordered road closures for all state highways in connecticut, 11:00 a.m. trucks will be prohibited from operating only limited access highway, at 1:00 state highways will be closed to all non-emergency related vehicles. >> he said it's the most catastrophic event in our lives that we can plan for. a lot of people are planning including craig fugate. he join us earlier today. i began by asking him if the agency was ready for the storm. >> we've been getting ready for a couple of days. >> you said when talk touring employees think big. what is your most pressing concern right now? >> well the most immediate thing is that people have evacuated or are evacuating from storm surge but we're also looking at impacts well inland and generally with hurricanes you tend focus on the center.
this has a lot of impacts far way. i've not been around long enough to see a hurricane forecast with a snow advisory in it. >> let's go back to the evacuations for a moment. do you feel that people are, in fact, heeding those warnings and getting out of the danger areas? >> well i don't know specifically but i've seen governors and local officials have gotten out earlier. they put up the information. >> you mentioned the magnitude of this storm. can you give us a sense of what's mobilized to deal with some of the impact? >> well with we've got teams basically all the way from down in north carolina where it was earlier impacting the outer banks all the way to maine. we have teams in states as far as inland as west virginia. we've been moving generators, moving basic supplies that we would need after the storm. so, it's a large response area
but we also have a lot of good teams with the states and their folks working together getting ready. >> power outages are expected to be one of the big impacts of this storm. is there any way to prevent a power outage, to kind of ward it off or do you have to just be prepared to deal with the aftermath? >> you need be prepared. again, we're not expecting the winds themselves inland to be that damaging, the homes and structures but we do think trees will get impacted. limbs coming down the biggest problem. >> you told your staff on sunday to prepare for the what ifs, to not be complacent. what are the scenarios you're most worried about at this point? >> heavy rain and flash flooding. in some cases we may not have river flooding for several days. i don't want people to think it's not that bad when it first comes ashore. if you remember with hurricane
irene some of the worst impacts were well inland like the state of vermont. >> do you have any estimate of how much damage from a monetary standpoint this must cause? are we talking billions? >> too early to say. our focus is on life safety. we're prepared to do recovery. we can get dollar figures after storm. we want people to be safe. we're talking dollar figures not loss of life. >> fema administrator craig fugate earlier this morning. >> we keep hearing the term perfect storm. perhaps it's overused but in this situation according to most of the forecast it could fit the bill because of a rare convergence of events that will make this next couple of days unlike any that the east coast has ever seen. windows have been boarded, store shelves cleared and residents evacuated. >> if you refuse to evacuate you're not only putting yourself at risk but also the first responders who will have to
assist you. >> scenes we normally see on the gulf coast instead brought to the northeast by an unusual and potentially devastating mix of ingredients. first hurricane sandy. >> the rush to prepare for sandy is on. >> second her path. while storms moving up the coast typically drift out the sea the jet stream is forcing sandy into an almost unheard of left turn. >> we never seen this. this is unprecedented for a hurricane to take this kind of track. >> and that rare turn points sandy not only towards 60 million people but yet another storm. >> a northern storm combining with the hurricane to be a super storm, a hurricane in the middle and a nor'easter outside it. >> frigid air from the dmonorth could bring up to two feet of 0 snow from kentucky to virginia to north carolina. >> this jet stream coming in and tropical air coming up is to make more rain, more snow and a
bigger storm with more energy in it. >> yet another unlucky piece of the puzzle, a full moon bringing peak tides and making flooding all the more likely. >> flooding is very real. it's a serious concern for many families. i know those of you who have lived through this before my words offer little comfort. >> one final factor, sand chip's sluggish pace crawling as slow as 15 miles per hour. meaning that the damage, danger and misery won't be going away any time soon. >> throughout the morning we'll show you a lot of dramatic images of this storm and we know that you probably are capturing some of those as well with your cameras, your portable devices. if you get some interesting photos like these we're showing you here from highlands, new jersey, tweet them to us using the #sandytoday. >> this is a time where a lot of people have questions about weather events like this. what to expect. tweet or e-mail your questions to us as well. we'll try to answer them a
little bit later. but now we want to go back to al in point pleasant beach. al, good morning again. >> reporter: good morning. as we take a look at the weather for our friends out west unless you're in the pacific northwest you have a gorgeous day. heavy rain in the pacific northwest. seattle you'll be looking at rain, same in eugene. boise you got fog and temperature of 66. l.a. gorgeous day with sunshine, temperatures upper 70s, 77 in san diego, tucson 88. denver look for sunny skies. 67 degrees. rest of the country we expect sunshine but windy conditions around the western great lakes. they will be feeling the effects of sandy as well. plenty of sunshine through texas. windy and sunny down through the gulf coast. again, sandy the culprit and, of course, here in the east it is just a mess because of we are waking up with
picturesque conditions this morning. good morning, i'm meteorologist christina loren. 7:21, orange sunrise for our san francisco giants this morning. this is san bruno. dense fog forced right to the surface will clear by about noon. you'll be at 72 inland at noon, 80 at 4:00 p.m. the coast upper 60s for today. we've got rain on the way on wednesday, halloween. we'll get some showers late that continues into thursday. and that's your latest weather. savannah? >> just ahead, sand chip's impact on the presidential race. with the election now just eight days away as our coverage of the hurricane continues. but first this is "today" on nbc.
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from the printers overnight. the gear is expected to sell out. you better run down and get some fast. what about a big umbrella, are we going to need that? >> no, they're going to get a very warm embrace as they get back from mother nature. temperatures will be in the 70s in san francisco. we've got forget rid of this fog first. the most widespread fog will be between now and 9:00 a.m. we stop the clock for you at noon, mostly clear conditions over the greater bay area. as we get into the afternoon, this is the warmest day of the week. the rain and clouds start to arrive tomorrow. 80 in livermore, 74 for fremont and 74 in redwood city. if we see any precipitation it will be in the north bay late tomorrow. wednesday we get our first showers, significant rainfall overnight starting at 8:00 p.m. in the north bay. thursday, heavier periods of rain and friday we clear you out. let's check your rush hour drive with mike. >> 101 san jose at 680. look at all those arrows, orange
and red, speeds in the 20s where you see the red in your commute directions. look at the peninsula. thick fog for 101, 280 throughout the area. coming from the east bay, we show the san mateo bridge. tough to see. coming over from the hayward side, the toll plaza view shows you the slowing across the flat section. and the bay bridge also jams up. okay here but the east shore freeway, that low clouds and fog coming in again. tough to see. >> for the latest news and traffic updates, check out nbc bay area on facebook. good morning! wow.
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. back now on this monday morning the 29th of october, 2012. we had just shown you a sight of virginia beach, a pier getting battered by the storm. that shot went down because of the weather. we showed you point pleasant beach, new jersey and the waves are climbing higher and higher. >> keep in mind based on where sandy is right now conditions in virginia beach should be starting to get a little bit better, conditions there in point pleasant beach, new jersey probably going to start to get a lot worse. >> as we've seen with conditions deteriorating and yet hurricane is not expected to make landfall until this evening. we expect to it get worse. >> as we've said some 50 million people are being directly impacted by this massive storm. and that's just in this area,
the ripple effects could stretch coast to coast. >> more than 8,500 flights have already been cancelled due to sandy and here in new york city the stock exchange and nasdaq exchange closed down as sandy bears down. the coast guard rescued 4 crew members of the tall ship hms bounty. it got caught in the storm off the north carolina coast. two other crew members are missing. >> the severe weather is a last minute october surprise in the presidential race. both the president and governor romney's campaigns forced to readjust their schedules. >> coming up we'll talk about the potential fallout on the race with nobody really knows with just eight days until the election. >> but first let's go to stephanie goss in narragansett, rhode island. good morning again. >> reporter: good morning. they said it was is going to get nastier and it is. the wind has picked up. we're getting bands of rain and just look at how angry that ocean is. you consider the fact that the
eye of this storm will pass hundreds of miles from here. you get an idea of how big it is. it's remarkable to see surf like that, even more remarkable when you consider just beneath it is a beach that people were sun bathing on just this summer. so far they've already had some school closures across the state and power outages for some, 2700 people. off the coast they are reporting 17 a1/2 foot swells. they shut down the ferries. public transportation has been shut down in rhode island. we're obviously not through the worst it. they got through high tide this morning. the next big, big trouble spot for rhode island and all of the coast will be the high tide this evening around 8:00. matt. >> stephanie, tough day for camera lenses and satellite transmissions and things like that. our crews out there doing a great job. we appreciate it. >> we do indeed. we want to check back in with
al. he's along the jersey shore and get the rest of his forecast. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we got some disturbing news the report. earlier in the broadcast we told you about a rescue going on in elizabeth city, north carolina. the three masted tall ship hms bounty, you may remember this ship, it was used -- it was one of the ships in pirates of the caribbean ii. it's a working ship based out of connecticut. and unfortunately it started to take on water, sinking off the coast of north carolina, 16 crew members on board. the coast guard was able to rescue two -- i mean rescue 14 but two are still missing. the search goes on. as you can imagine in this kind of weather those search efforts will be very difficult indeed. so, again, some sad news, two crew members missing out of 16 on the hms bounty there off the
coast of n good morning to you. well, we've got a pretty good-looking day shaping up. we're going to start out with the warmest day of the week. 80 inland, 70 bayside. watch out for thick fog until 10:00. by noon complete sunshine expected over the greater bay area. tuesday into wednesday the rainy weather starts. we're expecting the pluck of the moisture to move in over the course of late wednesday into thursday. thursday looks like a washout but by this weekend the sun comes right back out and we warm back up to the low 80s. >> reporter: and that's your latest weather. i must also add, matt, the winds now, the wind speed as we've been predict, the wind speed for sandy has picked up to 90 miles per hour. so it is still deepening, still strengthening. >> al, we were watching you earlier this morning and maybe it's my imagination, or maybe
not, i'm looking behind you, it seems darker right now than it did when we came on the air, you know, at 7:00 east coast time. >> reporter: yeah. it is. it has gotten darker. the skies have darkened up a bit as more cloud cover from sandy makes its way north. so, yeah. good eye. >> all right, al we'll see you in a little while. stay safe. >> governor cuomo says they plan to close the holland and battery tunnel. the bridges stay open. 60 mile-per-hour winds before they talk about closing bridges. >> we'll see gusts like that in the not too distant future. >> up next how the presidential race is being impacted by this storm. that's right after this. [ female announcer ] imagine skin so healthy, it never gets dry again.
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. hurricane sand chip has president obama and governor romney scrambling to rearrange their campaign plans with the election just eight days away now. both men altering their schedules and cancelling events. chuck todd is chief white house correspondent. chuck, good morning to you. >> the calendar tell us there's eight days left before the election but there are not many campaign days. two campaign days and possibly three are gone. president obama woke up this morning in orlando thought he was going to do an event. they cancelled his appearance there. he's now back at the white house. he's already lopped off his entire tuesday schedule. mitt romney on the other hand is trying to find this balance.
the fact of the matter is we know this is the october surprise, is this storm. the campaign has frozen in place as far as all the polls are concerned. the question now though who benefits from this race freezing? president obama tried to stay ahead of sandy arriving in orlando late sunday 12 hours ahead of schedule. mitt romney cancelled his weekend events in virginia instead spending sunday with his running mate paul ryan on a bus tour through ohio. >> know right now some people in the country are a little nervous about a storm about to hit the coast and our thoughts and prayers are with the people who will find themselves in harm's way. >> reporter: the president is flexing the muscle of incumbency. he spent you sunday afternoon at fema headquarters in washington. >> we want to make sure we're anticipating and leaning forward into making sure that we got the best possible response to what is going to be a big and messy system. >> reporter: asked whether the storm could affect early voting the president said that remains
to be seen. >> we don't anticipate that at this point but we'll take a look. >> reporter: the storm has shaken up the campaign calendar. the president's only event is in orlando after which he'll return to the white house. vice president biden cut short a new hampshire campaign swing diverting to ohio. >> the last thing the president and i want to do is campaigning getting in the way of anything. more important thing is people's safety. >> reporter: tuesday's schedule is in jeopardy. mitt romney cancelled a stop in new hampshire, the president cancelled one in colorado. there's no let up on campaign attacks particularly on the auto bailout. mitt romney released a new ad defending himself. >> obama took gm and chrysler into bankruptcy and sold chrysler to the italians who will build jeeps in china. mitt romney will fight for every american job. >> reporter: john kasich said the bailout impact on ohio has been overstated.
>> when you take into account the companies and suppliers you're up 400 jobs. we didn't grow ohio's economy on just one industry. >> but his predecessor pushed back. >> i believe that the table was set by president obama and ohioans recognize that and i think that's why the president is going to win ohio. >> reporter: both campaigns in the wake of sandy have called off fundraising, emails and any fundraising events in any of the affected states. mitt romney's campaign put out word he spoke with the republican governors of states impacted on the storm,er name dropped chris christie and bob mcdonnell. the president will be in the situation room dealing with fema and that fallout. this is the october surprise but we don't know what it all means in eight days. savannah? >> chuck todd, thank you. joe scarborough and mika are
hosts of "morning joe." >> one thing we do know, bill clinton is going to be very nervous about having to fill all that space by himself today without barack obama. he's going to do great in orlando, obviously. but mitt romney had momentum. you look at ohio, ohio poll that came out, had him dead locked. minnesota poll, three. gets the endorsement from "des moines register." in that state that's a big deal. this is mitt romney's best weekend and it stops. the momentum stops. you don't know how it freezes the race but you certainly know that it's a new dynamic into the race and it changes everything with a week to go. >> the question is how. a lot of people have different theories which candidate it benefits. ate moment for the president to be commander-in-chief, to be presidential, but there are pitfalls with that. >> it sure is. there are pitfalls because something could go wrong and
people could maybe perhaps, the president isn't doing enough. but if this storm is as big as it portends to be, expect command centers up and down the coast and the not be very visible at all of them telling people about the federal dollars on the way and that will be advantage obama. >> the president will have an opportunity to go to virginia not as a politician but as a president. somebody there to help out. somebody there to comfort people. you know, the two bushes, bush 41 and bush 43 had disasters in their handling of hurricanes. george h.w. bush with andrew which damaged his political career, it was damaged. of course george w. bush in 2005 with katrina. many people in the bush white house cite that was the low point of his presidency. a lot of dangers also, a lot of political opportunities. >> let's get practical. early voting is happening in these states. maryland cancelled early voting
for the day. how much of an impact is that especially for the obama campaign is very much -- >> they are dependent on it, talking about it, counting on it. it does have an impact. it moves romney into an awkward situation. anything he does looks blatantly political or needy he's not in the equation when the country is under siege from a massive storm. >> the president of the united states went to the fema command center which by the way was it cynical or maybe the people running the campaign said we need to get him there. the president was doing what presidents do. what does mitt romney do? >> real quickly this close to the election does it matter if they got to cancel these rallies and what about their ad? if you're wall to wall coverage in these markets the television ads aren't airing? >> they are not airing. you look at the states on the east coast that will be the most impacted, virginia and new hampshire. those states really matter. obviously pennsylvania matters
as well because mitt romney's people believe they are closing that race. but it does change everything. the key here is to not look too political. if you do that that could be a backlash not only in the states along the coastline that are impacted but across the entire country. it's messy out there weather wise and politically. >> you two interviewed the president over the weekend. you looked him in the eye. do you think he's feeling the heat? >> do i. i think he's enjoying the game. we were out there on the road watching him interact with people and getting his message out there. and responding to some of the latest responses in the media. he's completely engaged. the campaign, how could they not be nervous. look at the polls. >> you talk to the romney people, you talk to the obama people, neither one of them have any idea how this will turn out. they are both cautiously optimistic but can you look in their eyes and know they are nervous. not a slam dunk. >> both acting confident. we'll know what happens in the days. thank you both.
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the waters have calmed down here in new york harbor. the wind is a little less than it has been and it stopped raining. but everybody knows that this is just the calm before sandy really hits. storm surge could get as high as 11 feet here. they have closed part of the fdr drive, that's the highway on the east side of manhattan from 61st to 116th street. the holland and in the mid-atlantics will close at 2:00 today as new york city really goes to the next stage in getting ready for hurricane sandy. >> all right. ann thompson as we expect the hurricane to make landfall in the evening and one of the thing that's interesting about this storm is we are talking about an ast astronomical high tide. >> almost a full moon yesterday and even along the tip of the long island you look at high tide up on jetties that are 10, 12 feet out of the water. you can barely see the top of
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good monday morning to you. 7:56. i'm laura garcia-cannon. giants fans went wild in san francisco last night as the team won the world series in detroit, but things did get out of hand. fans flooded the streets around the civic center plaza overnight. some starting fires in dumpsters, businesses had their windows broken out. one cab driver said his windshield was smashed in the melee. >> yeah, he kicked it down the rest of the side of the -- out to the side of the garbage can and threw it on the windshield. >> police actually had to bring in s.w.a.t. teams to keep the crowds in check. no official word on any arrests. we're excited but we've got to calm down a little bit. what about the forecast? let's check in with meteorologist christina loren. >> good morning to you, laura. yeah, you'll likely have to slow down whether you like it or not for your morning drive due to some thick fog. i just want to point out we have
less than a quarter mile visibility from novato across the golden gate bridge into san francisco. that's where the fog is the thickest for now. by noon today we should see clearing. 74 in santa teresa and 79 in gilroy. look what is headed our way late halloween into thursday. quite a bit of shower activity on the way to the bay area, but the good news is we'll clear out as we get into your late friday into saturday. let's check on your drive. it's rush hour. good morning, mike. we do have fog and low clouds at the bay bridge toll plaza, the backup obviously here. tougher to see east shore freeway. show you on the maps. it's not enough to impede your view through berkeley but coming off of the carquinez bridge and out of the north bay, the orange shows you where fog may be an issue. slow for 880 both directions out of san leandro. 680 and 580 through the dublin interchange. the red, speeds below 20. back to you. for the latest traffic and news updates, check out nbc bay area on facebook.
as many as 10 million people could be without power. already on long island about 20,000 people are without power. couple of counties down from me there are about 10,000 people without power. and that's before sandy even gets here. rainfall about five to seven inches generally, some areas as much as ten inches. and because this storm is drawing in colder air, it's going to be bringing anywhere from one to two feet of snow into parts of west virginia. so blizzard warnings are up
there. matt, this is going to be one for the record books. back to you. >> al, thank you very much. al roker in point pleasant beach, new jersey. people watching us may see the scene behind us in new york city where it's not even raining at all and you've got crowds of people taking to the streets. the smart move would be for them to get their sightseeing down right now and get out of harm's way. >> going to get worse. in rhode island law enforcement officials worried about that storm surge we've been hearing al talk about. stephanie gosk is in narragansett, rhode island. >> reporter: you can see why they would be concerned, but these people aren't concerned. they've been coming out all morning watching these waves, literally pound this seawall. if you think about the fact that low tide here in narragansett was about 2 1/2 hours ago and it's about as high and as bad as we've seen it and it's only going to get worse as the day
goes on. another high tide at 8:00 at night when they expect water to breach this wall and go over it. this wall was built back in 1938, after the worst hurricane that this area has ever seen. they built it and you can see why they built it, people here are glad that it's here for this storm. savannah. >> thanks. april little bit of a party atmosphere around stephanie. >> sandy lending to the cancellation of some 8600 flights now so far. tom costello is at reagan national airport. >> reporter: you can roll a bowling ball down the hall weighs. it's vacant. behind me on the ramp, first it's very rainy and secondly normally you would see a lot of tails tlourkts plane tails. right now it's completely empty. they moved every plane off the ramp here at reagan national
airport, moved them out of harm's way and of course we're not the only airport to see that. let me show you the total numbers. we now have 8962 flights cancelled including yesterday, today and tomorrow. 6800 today alone expected to be at least 2,600 tomorrow but that number expected to grow and these are the major airports affected. in washington of course it's reagan national airport, washington dulles, baltimore washington a., philadelphia is closed, newark is closed, jfk is closed, laguardia is closed. they are open but no airline operations. they might as well be closed. you can walk down the hallways but nobody is here. seven airport hubs are affected along the east coast so that now means you've got virtually every major airline affected here. u.s. airway, american u-nighted, delta, jetblue, southwest all impacted as they move their planes out of harm's way that want creat as ripple effect across the entire country with
planes and crews out of position. i want to show you a website we watched closely. first of all this is yesterday at 5:00. flight radar 24 showing every plane in the sky over the east coast, yesterday at 5:00. now take a look at the east coast right now live on flight radar 24 and you can see from virginia up to new york city it is largely cleared out. a few planes still there but as this storm moves in, we're seeing fewer and fewer planes here on the east coast and in this heavily trafficked corridor bun last note for you is amtrak has also suspended service between d.c. and new york. likely up into boston as well as this storm moves further inland and we'll see how that shakes out tomorrow. but the one point i want to leave you with is you may be out in the midwest or western part of the u.s. thinking the storm will not affect us. in truth these ripple effects in the air traffic system could cause delays systemwide because
planes and crews are out of position. back to you. >> tom costello at reagan national airport. thanks very much. >> we'll continue to follow hurricane sandy but first we want to get the mother news headlines in the morning from natalie morales. >> u.s. coast guard helicopters rescued at least 14 crew members from the tall ship hms bounty after it became disabled amid hurricane sandy some 90 miles from hatteras, north carolina. at least two people are still missing and the search is ongoing. the bounty is an 180-foot three masted working replica of the famous british ship. it's owner contacted the coast guard last night said she lost contact with the crew. the ship was taking on water in 18-foot sea's and 40 mile-per-hour winds. crew members were able to put on cold water survival suits and life jackets before getting into lifeboats. sandy is blowing across the campaign trail as well. executeling the presidential candidates schedules in the
final lead up to election day. both candidates have cancelled several events and the president has arrived at the white house to oversee the emergency response to sandy. meantime a new analysis from the associated press projects that president obama is poised to clinch enough electoral votes to win the election even as the popular vote remains virtually neck an neck. gentleman a clean sweep for the san francisco giants as they beat the detroit tigers 4-3 sunday night winning the world series. it's the giants second world series title in three years prompting thousands of fans to celebrate the four game sweep outside of san francisco's city hall. a second massachusetts compounding pharmacy has been shut down after a surprise inspection that was prompted by the meningitis outbreak linked to a different pharmacy in that state. health officials said they had concerns about sterility at infusion resource. officials say there's no indication that any medication from the company is unsafe. the battle over copyright
infringement heads to the supreme court today. the case concerns a graduate student at a u.s. university who jumped into the market for cheap textbooks reselling books. it unleashed a copyright inflingt but the student garnered support from others seeking to resell products made outside of the u.s. for the first time. for the first time since the retirement of nasa's shuttle program, a cargo capsule has returned to earth from the international space station. spacex dragon splashed down in the pacific ocean on sunday. it is 8:11 after the hour right now. let's turn it back to matt and savannah. >> let's turn to al roker. al what's it like there? >> reporter: well, we've got a lot of within.
stinging wind as sand is being driven by 35 to 40 mile-per-hour winds, so it's a little rough. we just got this in from the ap, the atlantic city public safety director says now most of atlantic city is under water, it's flooded and it looks like the damage will be worse than their big catastrophic storm of 1962. and, again, sandy is about 200 miles away from atlantic city. so the worst is yet dome. around the rest of the country, we are looking at plenty of sunshine through the southwest into the gulf coast. it will be sunny in the western part of the great lakes but very windy. windy conditions, in fact, across the entire great lakes with high wind warnings and waves up to 25 feet across much of the great lakes. a lot of rain in the pacific northwest. one two inches in some . 8:12 now. waking up on the west coast. we're concerned about thick
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tide. >> let's look at the images you've been sending us. this one is from point pleasant, new jersey. that's of water obviously in a marina that has risen. here's snow in coal city, west virginia. al talked about in the higher elevations. and here in new york, new york the water from sandy coming ashore. >> i think we have a few more pictures to show, perhaps of the scene. this is in athens, west virginia. that's telling the story again about how this storm's impact is being felt well inland. as you mentioned even snow in parts of this country. atlantic city may be the story of the morning so far. a lot of flooding that we're seeing. we'll have a lot more as hurricane sandy takes aim at the east coast including how you can make your kids feel safe in this storm. >> after your local news.
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back now with more of our special coverage of hurricane sandy on this monday morning, october 29, 2012. there's a look at the statue of liberty and the waves that have already breached the promenade on battery park city. we expect those waves to potentially get a lot higher as hurricane sandy hits the shore of the east coast sometime tonight perhaps early tomorrow morning but given its size we expect conditions, storm conditions to linger for several days. >> emergency officials are
really worried about the storm surge in parts of new jersey, new york and connecticut. could be up to 11 feet in parts of this region. already we're seeing widespread flooding down in atlantic city. will glass is the director of public safety there. he joins us now by phone. director glass, gurng. >> good morning. >> we had reports many parts are of atlantic city are now under water. clarify that for us. tell us what the situation is. >> that's correct. the majority of the city is under water. the main street of atlantic avenue, i'm going say maybe half of that is clear. pacific avenue, part of that is clear. most of the rest of the city is under water at this time. >> we have a very kind of muddled picture we're seeing right now from high above lot of rain on the lens so we can't see much. don't paint a picture for us. how far inland has the water reached so far, considering that we're approaching a low tide right now. >> well not so much inland. we're obviously a barrier island so the bay is on one side, the
ocean on the other and atlantic avenue the main street in the city is in the middle and that's why that is still clear but either side of the island is inundated at this time. >> this was an area that was under mandatory evacuation. >> i don't believe most people left. a great deal did heed that. there are some people still in the city. when the tide recedes we'll hopefully move a lot more folks either into the offshore shelters or temporary shelters that we have here preceding the next high tide. >> we had a report a portion of the boardwalk had broken free in the storm surge and was actually floating down the street. how much permanent damage do you expect based on what you're seeing right now? >> we really don't know at this time. that part of the boardwalk had already been damaged. that's a little bit of a misnomer. we're in unprecedented territory.
we have a feeling that this next high tide will set records and really surpass the march storm of '62 by substantial amount. we're in unchartered territory at this time. >> very quickly have any sense of how high the water is there? >> well, we're talking about the next high tide now, i'm assuming somewhere around the 8.5, close to 9, the next high tide they are calling for substantially past 9, possibly past 10 which is a chance that the bay would meet the ocean if that happens. >> which is obviously not a good situation for the people of atlantic city. mr. glass our thoughts and prayers with you and the folks down there. >> thank you very much. >> we appreciate your time this morning. >> we want to check in with al. he's along the jersey shore as well at point pleasant beach. what's the situation there? >> reporter: well, we just got word that they have now closed the garden state parkway which is a major roadway here in new jersey.
it's closed from atlantic city exit 38 all the way down to cape may. so that's about 30 miles or so of roadway that is now closed in both directions. as we look at today, you can see again the northeast obviously dominated by sandy with the pacific northwest looking at some wet weather as well, one to two inches of rain. southwest into southern california looking pretty good. for tomorrow as sandy makes its way inland, you can see a real mess in the northeast, more rain, more wind and snows back through the northern ohio river valley. more rain spreading in to the plains. we got plenty of sunshine though through the 8:34 on a monday morning. we have thick fog. dangerous driving conditions from san francisco and across the golden gate bridge and san mateo, you have a couple of feet of visibility.
fog will not last long. we expect it to clear by 10:00 today. 80 degrees in livermore. 72 in oakland today. 70 degrees as we welcome home our san francisco giants. >> and that's your latest weather. >> al thanks. just ahead much more on hurricane sandy including,000 keep your family calm during the storm. >> but first this is "today" on nbc. [ maraca shaking ]
virginia >> virginia beach, virginia on this monday morning, that's the 14th street pier and the waves growing even though the storm -- there's a huge one hitting the bottom part of that pier, the storm has now moved beyond there and is heading for new jersey and new york and connecticut and long island.
the combination of high winds, heavy rain, power outages expected, you could be stuck inside for an extended period of time. dr. gayle salts and kathy perlman are here to talk to parents about how you can manage the stress from this storm especially for your children. good morning to boston you. parents are getting ready, they are watching the news, they are waiting, they are preparing the house and stocking up. you got to remember your kids are watching all this as well. what type of anxiety levels do you expect for kids? >> families feed off of each other and kids look to their parents for the anxiety level. so if you're very nervous and showing it it will absolutely affect them even if they really know what's going on and think it's okay. >> as you're being safe and doing things like moving outfor furniture and pruning trees and taping windows the kids are looking at that and say wait a second this is going bad. >> you need to inform your kids you're taking the safety precautions put to discuss with them all the ways that you and your community are being safe
and taking measures because that will be reassuring. at the same time you want to discuss the storm, like this is a storm, do you understand what a storm is, et cetera. and that want also, that kind of knowledge will help them keep calm. >> not all kids are alike. you have different age levels and you have to deal with each one in a different way. >> you want to talk to them in an age appropriate way. say it's a lot of wind and water and it will be noisy. you want the older ones to help you out. they can do more work around-the-house. >> but i think the older ones are more stressed than the younger ones. the younger ones don't have a frame of reference. the older ones understand the news coverage more and perhaps lived through past storms. >> you have to remind them this is not katrina. older ones will remember that and think that's what a hurricane is and that many people therefore are destined to die. you want to talk to them and do it by asking them questions. >> don't leave it up to guesswork. >> exactly. you want to say what are your
questions, what do you think is going on. you want to understand what their fantasies are so you can correct them. >> you think this is also an opportunity for families. my wife is great at turning these things into somewhat fun events for the kids. it's going to be a sleep over in the parents room and it's a day off of school and we watch movies as long as we have power. what else? >> very often parents say they don't have enough time with your kids. break out all the stops. take the pillows and make a fort. make a cake. frosting and sprinkles. >> have a stash of things that don't require power. card games. >> get back to the basics. monopoly and clue. >> there will be future storms. when you create this kind of an environment then the child's memory is impacted with this and it makes them less cared going forward. >> gayle brings up a good point once the storm is past that's
the scary part. that's where the wind and rain makes the house creak. if you're trapped indoors and have no power that's something else the kids need to under. >> let your kids know you'll be there for them. we're all together. this is a special time, something we'll always remember. you'll tell your kids about it. make it fun. >> call the neighbors. make it a community effort. >> actually if you go out anticipate help in the community afterwards with the clean up that also gives kids a wonderful feeling of having power, having ability to help and everybody feels good. that's a wonderful thing to do. >> gayle you said earlier families retook this as a family and sometimes parents don't understand the stress that even they are feeling. >> yes. >> so they are worried about their kids but they don't stop to take care of their own anxiety. >> like the airplane put our own oxygen mask on first. that's so important. take a few minutes, go in a room, calm yourself, do some deep breathing, do some muscle relaxing to just take the edge off yourself because otherwise
it's very hard to translate to your kid not to be nervous. >> again a family time and yes there's some dangers out there but use it as an opportunity to do the things you don't normally get to do. all right, ladies, thanks very much. just ahead much more on hurricane sandy on a monday morning but first this is today on nbc. good morning! wow. want to start the day with something heart healthy and delicious? you're a talking bee... honey nut cheerios has whole grain oats
live pictures live pictures of battery park city, the lower tip of manhattan experiencing high tide in these last few moments as hurricane sandy makes its way up the eastern seaboard. millions have been warned that they could end up with without power for days maybe weeks. good morning. well, it's a little late now the storm is on its way but there are some things you can do around-the-house, the first thing you say to do is declutter
your area. >> decluttering is something you need to do just relative to a blackout because when the power goes down there's no lights you can't see. if you have a very cluttered space, if your home is cluttered, your apartment is cluttered you run the risk of bumping into things, hurting yourself and things like that. that's one of the things you want to do. also unplug, if you have any power outages unplug your appliances, even your refrigerator because what happens is when the power is restored that there can be voltage surges that can damage the equipment, your microwave, computers and things like that. unplug everything. if you have a surge protector, just turn it off. make sure the light isn't on. no current coming through it. that's another thing that you can do. even with the perishable food items butter, eggs, meat, if you can keep your stuff in the freezer and keep the freezer like closed, don't keep opening and closing it it will keep for
about a day and even if you have a deep freezer it will keep for two days. >> all your flash lights and batteries in one place so if it's dark when the power goes out you know where to find them. >> if you need to do something immediately it's bad. put your hands on it nuclear weapon need a plan in place for the kids and elderly. >> yeah. because we have a lot of seniors. a lot of people infirmed with illnesses and all sorts of things. we need plans information. so it's really important to the that right now, what they need in terms of prescription medication, if they need specific medication then you've got to go and get it. if they need refills do it now while you still can because when the storm starts to hit and even the aftermath a lot of the stuff won't be available. it's important to get that done. >> cell phones and computers. >> cell phones, keep them charged and also got to keep computers served. save all your data. put them in memory sticks. burn cds. people can purchase inverts.
they can purchase laptop inverters at some of the stores where you can plug your laptop into your car. you know just in case you want to use it an you don't have extra batteries you can charge up. that's a great thing to have. >> if the lights go out, people have flash lights. they use candles. >> no candles. if you have to use candles, then please, please, i say to all the virus, if you've got use candles make sure it's not near anything combustible, no pets that can knock them down. children. if you can purchase an l.e.d. lantern do that. try not to use candles because they can be very dangerous. >> what about plumbing? sometimes if the power goes out that means you can't flush the toilet. >> if it's a long term situation not to get gnarly on you, but on the other hand, you might have to use a bucket and you can use kitty litter and essentially it
is just like a cat because if you can't flush your toilet for an extended period of time nature calls you'll have to go. so you'll have to get creative and have to use these tools to do what you need to do. >> let's hope that we don't get to that point. all right. good advice this morning. thank you. we'll be back with much more of our special storm coverage but first this is "today" on nbc.
there's narragansett, rhode island. again outside of the hurricane force winds area of hurricane sandy. but still the surf kicking up as it has been all morning long. that is the story up and down the east coast from virginia all the way up to rhode island. right now even you can see behind us here in new york city the weather has now taken a turn for the worse. it's raining fairly heavily after kind of holding off for a long period of time. al roker is at point pleasant beach in new jersey. i don't know what, al about an hour from us here, is that about right? >> reporter: yeah. just about, matt. and it is, as you say, even in narragansett they are feeling tropical force winds because even though sandy is about 250 miles south new york city tropical force winds extend out
from the center more than 500 miles. you're talking about a radius give or take of about 900 miles and it's pretty impressive. a lot of folks, they are taking precautions. they closed the garden state parkway from atlantic city where as you've been reporting there's extensive flooding all the way down to cape may, new jersey. the bridges that connect philadelphia to new jersey, there's four of them, they've been shut down. in the new york metropolitan area they closed the holland tunnel and the battery tunnel. so, you know, as those winds increase the limit for the bridges is about 60 miles per hour. they are going to shut those off. so unless -- if they keep the midtown tunnel open it probably will be that manhattan will be cut off from the rest of new york. at least for the next 12 hours or so or more. and as this system now makes its
turn, the concern for the storm surge is really what we're most bothered. yes, there's going to be a lot of rain but we've had a lot of rain before. this storm surge coming at an astro astronomical tide. it could be devastating. a lot of moving parts here. again, we're talking about -- excuse me. we're talking about blizzard conditions out through west virginia and parts of western virginia. so, this really is a storm that a lot of us in the meteorology world have been talking about. how far seen something like it? no. it's unprecedented. >> we've been on the air for the better part of five hours. you've been standing on that beach for our viewers for some
time. are you near some place where you can get some respite from this storm? >> reporter: yeah. we're staying at a little hotel that has, is right here on the beach that they opened up for us. and so we have our cameraman and our audio guy, they are protected as best they can. they are in the hotel on a balcony. i think they are having massages too. [ laughter ] >> i'm sure. we appreciate you throwing them under the bus that way. all right, buddy, we'll check with you a little later. >> all right. >> okay. >> i want to get to jonathan in freeport, long island, the south shore of new york's long island. we've seen coastal flooding, even a fire there. jonathan good morning what are the conditions that you see there? >> reporter: good morning to you savannah. the high tide from this morning may have recede but you can see
the water still remains here in much of the streets in this low-lying seaside community. these rivers if you will causing a huge problem for those first responders, firefighters trying to get to those emergency calls like the one you can see clearly behind me. this call came in about 45 minutes ago, an hour ago and the crews quickly rushed here. unfortunately really complicating their response time as you can imagine, all of the water that is here in the streets. right now i'm wade in about a foot deep of water. as you walk and drive through here it's anywhere two to three feet. by the time the crews got here that fire engulfed this home. it's now been put out. fortunately we're told nobody was inside at the time. this community is under that mandatory evacuation. those people evacuated and this fire unfortunately happening as they were away and now they are going to have to return to this after the storm. now, in terms of response time, they are getting to another fire just down the block. there are a number of fires that
they are responding to. another concern they are having something else complicating their response times is all the calls they are getting from people that did not evacuate, a number of people have decided to stay in their homes here in this area are finding all this water when they walk outside and are saying okay it's time for us to go and time to take this storm seriously. they find out their cars can't make it through. on top of these firefighters responding to serious calls like these fires they are having to deal with all those people that did not heed these warnings, did not take them seriously and need these fire crews to come and get them. there's been several trips of a few different families have had to be picked up from their homes and brought to ladder one the fire company is that's responsible for all of this. fire crews say they will have to don't receive these calls. they are sure they will be making more rescues as this day goes on. again this was high tide from this morning that sparked all these calls. high tide this evening as we heard al talk about will bring a surge that could be six to 11 feet. they are saying it will be more
severe, firefighters will be more on call as the day and night goes on. back to you. >> jonathan, thank you very much. that's the point about this. people think i won't leave it's my choice but it impacts other people in your community. >> officials have been quite stark in their warnings. we have much more on hurrica good morning. 8:56. i'm laura garcia-cannon. the giants running on little or no sleep this morning after winning the world series in a four-game sweep. the manager holding the trophy high above his head enjoying the champagne shower. after this moment, he handed that trophy off to each of the players one by one who pass it on down the line so each had a
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we're back on a monday morning, october 29, 2012. images from up and down be the east coast as hurricane sandy bears down on the united states. coastal flooding already reported in parts of new jersey. especially we're hearing in atlantic city, new jersey and the full force of the storm is not even there yet. i'm matt lauer along with savannah guthrie. >> we saw a picture of battery park city and the statue of liberty. president obama is being briefed on the storm right now. he is expected to make a statement later this hour. we'll bring it to you live when that happens. and some other news this morning. new york city's mayor michael bloomberg just announced public schools will be closed again
tomorrow. >> travel is not going very well at all anywhere in the country today because of the problem here on the east coast. amtrak has cancelled all northeast service more than 8600 flights have been cancelled as well. let's go to tom costello as reagan national airport with more on that side of the story. tom, good morning again. >> reporter: good morning. this is the way airports look in this particular area of the country that is getting hit by sandy. you can roll a bowling ball down there and not hit anybody. it's that way at reagan national airport, dulles and many others along the east coast. i want to tell you we just got word from the authority authority in new york, new jersey that they have reports of flooding up on to the runways at laguardia airport and we've heard that may be happening at jfk airport in new york. as this water moves inland you can see what's happening to the manger airports. here's the total flight cancellation so far. we're approaching 9,000. 8962 at this hour according to
flightaware.com. the number tomorrow is right now at 2,500 but it's going to be growing as the day and the days go forward. the airports affected it is reagan where we are. dulles. baltimore. philadelphia as well as the new york city area. newark, laguardia, jfk. we believe that we've also got issues up in hartford because of all of the travel and the traffic that's been pulled out of these airports. technically the airports are open but the airlines have pulled their planes out of harm's way and so you've got very little activity at all here on the east coast, at least in this, you know, this stretch from virginia up to connecticut or so. a total of seven airport hubs are involved, airline hubs so when you got major airlines like u.s. air weighs, like united, like jetblue and american and u.s. airways and southwest and the list goes on they all are affected and then the ripple effect across the country with,
of course, personnel out of position and equipment out of position and you can see how this becomes a ripple effect. even if they get operations back to normal on wednesday which is what they are hoping you got two to three days of people not making their flights, trying to get them rebooked. i want will be a real mess. again their priority is to keep passengers and planes out of harm's way. matt, back to you. >> tom costello at reagan nag. we want to get more on the path of the storm. it's making progress this morning towards the east coast, al is in point pleasant beach, new jersey. al what's the latest on the storm? >> reporter: well, it is intensifying. in the last hour or so it went from 85 mile-per-hour winds to 90, and we may see another jump in the next couple of hours. it's over the gulfstream and that's warmer water about 80 degree water temperatures and that will fuel the storm as it makes its way towards shore. there will be colder water just
before it makes landfall so that may knock it down a little bit. again, it's got forward motion north-northwest at 18 miles per hour. path of the storm will bring it onshore sometime later this evening. i would say between 8:00 and midnight. a storm surge north of there that's the greatest storm surge of about five to 11 feet above-normal. coming in about the time of ast astronomiccal high tide. it will bring a lot of wind. wind will be a big problem and with trees with a lot of foliage especially the southern portions of the affected areas those will bring down power lines. there's been some estimates as many as 10 million people could end up without power before this thing is through. rain not as bad, i mean it's almost like a normal big rain
storm. about five to seven inches of rain, some areas may pick up 10 inches which is a lot. that's why we have coastal flood watches as well. we got snow to talk about, down iran west virginia mountain areas and western virginia. one to two feet of snow. so this thing has got everything but the kitchen sink in it, matt. >> al, thank you very much. you talk about how broad the storm is. almost 750, 800 miles across. it's affecting people all up and down the east coast. stephanie gosk further up the coast, she's in narragansett, rhode island. >> reporter: hurricane sandy is still a spectator sport here in narragansett but the conditions have gotten worse. rain is heavier. wind gusts around 50 miles per hour. officials in this state are concerned that people, not just state but new england in general concerned that people aren't going take this storm seriously
enough because they see the storm track go in over new jersey. they are warning people that this is a huge storm, it's going to impact this part of the country and you can see that right behind me. this water right now has been raging against the seawall in narragansett for hours and right now it's low tide and a typical low tide at narragansett you have to walk about 200 yards store get to the water. matt. >> stephanie gosk up in rhode island for us. >> we've been talking to tom costello about the situation at the airports. we have a picture that was tweeted by the port authority here in new york, new jersey. that's laguardia airport with water on the runway as into underscore the point. we of course have been covering sandy and its impact up and down the east coast but there's other headlines and natalie is over at the news desk with that. >> good morning. this morning u.s. coast guard helicopters rescued at least 14
crew members from the tall ship hms bounty after it became disabled amid hurricane sandy. some 90 miles from hatteras, north carolina. two people were still missing. the search is ongoing. the bounty is 180-foot three masted working replica of the famous british ship. the owner called the coast guard last night saying she lost contact with the crew. the ship was taking on water in 18-foot seas and 40 mile-per-hour winds. crew members were able to put on cold water survival suits and life jackets before getting into lifeboats. sandy is blowing across the campaign trail executeling the presidential candidates schedules in the final lead up to election day. both candidates have cancelled several events and the president has arrived at the white house to oversee the emergency response to sandy. meantime a new analysis from the associated press projects that president obama is poised to clinch enough electoral votes to win the election even as the popular vote remains virtually
neck and neck. the victory party stretched long into the night for the san francisco giants fans. their team swept the world series with a 4-3 victory in game four last night dominating the detroit tigers with a clean sweep. it's the giants second series title in three years. thousands of people poured into downtown san francisco streets to celebrate. a few small bone first were set but no report of major danger. survivors of child sexual abuse are coming together at penn state university. it kicked off sunday as the university comes to terms with its own recent sexual abuse scandal involving jerry sandusky. the gathering aims to raise awareness on the issue and help prevent it. boxing champ sugar ray leonard and elizabeth smart will speak at the conference this week about how they over came their abuse. for the fir time since the retirement of nasa's shuttle program a cargo capsule has
returned to earth from the international space station.pri capsule splashed down on sunday. after two weeks as runner up, ben affleck hostage drama "argo" reached the top stop take igin more than $12 million. "hotel transylvania" came in second and "cloud atlas" opened in third place. it's now nine minutes after the hour right now. you're up to date on the other headlines of the day. mr. roker still in new jersey with another check of the weather. al? >> reporter: hey, guys. in fact let's take a look show you what else is going on around the country. we do have a lot of wet weather in the pacific northwest, one to two inches there possible as another system comes on shore. southern california looks spectacular, plenty of sunshine. beautiful day in the rockies. plenty of sunshine. temperatures in the 60s. through the gulf coast we have
pretty nice weather but, again, eastern third of the country a real mess. although the western great lakes look pretty nice right now it will be windy. in fact all the great lakes are under high wind warnings and watches and the waves along most of the great lakes anywhere from 18 to 25 feet, that will cause problems for hope you stay safe out there al. starting with a sky over san jose. we will get sunshine, we just have to wait for it. you can see mostly clear skies over the bay area. 80s inland. 71 degrees in san francisco as we welcome home our world champion giants. >> and that's your latest
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your kids will have. >> some of these ideas came from your son charlie. you hung up this great sheet. >> if you have a sheet or wall shadow puppets are fun while you still have electricity or if you got electricity it's fun go to you tube there's lots of video. they are quite complicated. so a swan, for example i can go like that and there's the tail of the swan. >> you can create a whole story line and be creative. >> really fun. anybody can do the bunny rabbit. it is fun. go to you tube. >> another game that is a lot of fun hide and seek in the dark with flash lights. >> this is one of my kids' favorite game. it's called flashlight tag. everybody hides in the dark. one person has the flash light and you go looking for your people. it's like playing hide and seek. when you find them shine the spotlight on them and say their name. it goes like that until you find everybody. another one, fear factor,
there's a dad blogger who came up with this where he hides in the house and the kids have to fine him. as soon as they get close he reaches out and grabs them. >> during a hurricane that may add to fear. now here is the fee it game. >> take a pillow case. find a bunch of odds and ends. nothing sharp or dangerous. put them into a pillow case. what you do when the lights are off the kids reach in. pull something out and they can only feel it and they have to guess what is it and so that's really fun. the other thing you can do is play the alien game when they fine these objects they have to find a new use for that object or put it together as if they were an alien in a new interesting inventive way. >> this is probably my favorite game. >> my son, this is his creation, 100%. he called it save the ice cream eating contest. so as everything is melting in
the refrigerator, god forbid you don't eat all the ice cream. certainly when haagen daz is $6 a thing you don't want to waste it. >> also a good time to go back to the basic, play those good old board games you have, read books, color. >> old-fashioned fun. now if do you have a kindle, download free books right now. there's tons of them specifically for halloween like all kinds of scary stories. type in spocky stories for kids, free or any kind of free thing and you can download them right away. >> make sure gadgets are fully charged. >> apples to apples, family favorite. you can't go wrong. for ajs of all time. sneers a fun one. pretend you're going somewhere theme. so all you sneed a suitcase to get started. >> get your kids. take out a suitcase. pack it with fun things like a
bathing suit anything you take on a trip. go from room to room. the bathroom can be the beach. you can go the restaurant in the kitchen. have them get dressed and take pictures and do whatever they can. it's fun. make little passports as they go from room to room. a scavenger hunt. if they are hooking for things you're using things in your house and being creative. >> last but not least the everything backwards game. now this means everything from breakfast to how you start your day in general. >> everything. you put your clothes on backwards. you make up your bed backwards. put the pillow at the other end. make all of your foods backwards, this is a backward sandwich where the bread is on the inside. today is not a normal day so let's take it all the way and have fun. >> i love these ideas. hopefully we won't have to put a lot of them in effect. thanks so much. coming up we have much more
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hurricane sandy is already affecting washington, wall street, the campaign trail and now there's a report that potentially the jobs report which is supposed to come out friday could be delayed because of the storm. let's get to nbc's chuck todd he's political director and chief white house correspondent he's in the white house briefing room where the president will address reporters in a few moments. what can you tell bus this report about the jobs report? >> this first appeared in the "wall street journal" so we called up the labor department bureau of labor statistics is this a possibility. they said it is a possibility the government is shut down today. it's likely to be shut down tomorrow. i don't think a final decision has been made how much of the government will be shut down tomorrow. while they have all of the data in the way the jobs survey works, they don't necessarily have the employees or the staff to process it and have the reports ready to go in time. that said, they are also pushing back on this notion that it will
be delayed for sure. look it depends on how easily staff can get in, can get the job done, their goal is still to release it at 8:30 a.m. eastern time on friday morning but it's just one of the many little things that have totally been thrown off. we have romney cancelling all of his events after a davenport event today, the rest of today and tomorrow. no campaign events at all for romney or paul ryan. the president already did that. he of course woke up this morning in orlando but decided not to attend the campaign event woe do there with bill clinton. he came back here. got his update. we'll get the update from him in a few minutes. he had campaign events scheduled for colorado and wisconsin tomorrow. those are all gone. right now there's eight days on the calendar but we know at a max there is only six campaign days left until the election because these two are gone. >> as you observed earlier in some sense the race is frozen in place and who knows which candidates that benefits. you see some activity with
surrogates on the campaign trail so clinton went ahead and i take it the republicans are doing something similar? >> ann romney is keeping her schedule. the wife of mitt romney. so, yes, bill clinton is doing his schedule. he's doing the same events that he was going to do with the president except for the virginia portion of it. but they are going, bill clinton goes from florida today, orlando to youngstown, ohio. all of the surrogate stuff is still happening. at that point that's mechanics. that's about all of these events at this point are about mechanics on the ground get out the vote, identifying the volunteers and supporters you need to identify to people to get them to the polls. >> that was chuck todd. the president is expected to make remarks updating everybody on the storm. that's expecting in about 45 minutes after the hour and we intend to bring you those remarks live. governor romney has cancelled several of his political events. he has one in iowa he's keeping but the political calendar
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good morning. 9:26. i'm laura garcia-cannon. after a post season full of ups and downs, the giants make the world series look easy. they pushed the game to ten innings, but in the end, g-men came out on top. striking out cabrera to clinch the title. 4-3 in game four. fans eager to get their hands on the championship gear this morning. several were waiting outside the doors as sports authority opened the doors and rifling through boxes of shirts fresh from the printers overnight.
welcome back. 9:28. taking a live look over san jose. let's take you above the clouds and show you what we will enjoy just a little bit longer away from blue skies clearing over the bay area. the futurecast tells a story. 1:00, mostly clear conditions and abundant sunshine. this is the warmest and driest day of the week. 80 in livermore. 77 in fairfield. 73 degrees in san jose. as we head through tuesday into wednesday, temperatures drop off. we get rain late wednesday into thursday. washout potential on thursday. friday into the weekend, we clear you out and warm you up. let's see how clear the highways are. it is foggy, mike. it is. as we continue to cover the storms on the east coast, i will not complain. christina talking about the
clouds and fog. let's show you the maps. the orange section will impact your driving. it is slow through san mateo. i outlined 280 with unusual slowing with the low visibility. look at the approach to the bay bridge. it is all right. the live look shows clouds around the freeway. there is the back up. oakland can barely see 880 from the rooftop camera. back to you. we look forward to the clearing. we will have another update for you in a half hour. have a great morning.
back now where more of "today." that's a familiar view of our plaza. all eyes on that monster storm sandy moving towards the east coast bringing wind, rain, storm surges, yes even snow further inland. good morning again, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie alongside matt lauer. >> this storm is huge. it's massive. directly impacting 50 million people along the east coast. the ripple effects being felt even further all across the country in the form of flight cancellations. more than 8600 flights so far just taken away. >> we are awaiting a statement from president obama shortly. we plan to bring to it live as it happens. first we want to check in with ann thompson who is in battery
park city. one of new york city's most vulnerable flood areas. >> within the area mayor michael bloomberg held a press conference and urged new york towers stay on alert for the storm surge that we've been talking about that's expected to hit the city sometime between 6:30 and 10:00 tonight. high tide tonight in this area is scheduled at 8:50 and that's when everyone is really worried that the worst could happen because you got all this rain that is coming in. you got the rising sea level. it's somewhat calmer because the tide is going out. it will be coming back in and they expect it's already breached the lower end of the promenade here. it did that earlier this morning. it could be even far worse tonight. so mayor bloomberg once again told all those people who were in zone a the area that's been ordered to evacuate if you're
still there for some reason you decided to ride out this storm and you can leave, leave now because it will be too late when the storm surge hits later tonight. they expect another 24 hours of bad weather and as a result city schools will be closed tomorrow. we're also seeing major traffic arteries closed in the city. the brooklyn battery tunnel and holland tunnel will close at 2:00 eastern time this afternoon. portions of the fdr drive on the east side of manhattan have been closed and the central tube of the lincoln tunnel has also been shut down. so things are -- there are fewer an fewer openings you have to leave the city, fewer options to get around as the weather gets considerably worse. >> a lot of worries about power outages as well. >> let's go down to the jersey shore where we find al roker. good morning.
>> reporter: good morning, guys. again, the winds have picked up. we at least survived the last high tide. the ocean came up a little bit about halfway up these dunes and then started to recede. but the next high tide we'll most likely not be so lucky. right now sandy is at 90 mile-per-hour winds. it is -- since the last update it's probably about 250 to 240 miles south-southwest of new york city. south-southeast of new york city. it's moving north-northwest at 18 miles per hour. path of the storm, most likely will come somewhere mid-coast on new jersey's coastline later this evening probably right near the astronomical high tide. and then it makes its way inland. in the meantime the storm surge, the big problem, storm surge anywhere of five to 11 feet above the normal
9:33. we'll looking really good here in san jose. we have thick pockets of fog from san mateo to the peninsula. watch out for thick fog. we have low visibility in santa rosa and less than 200 feet in san mateo. we'll drop to the low 70s for the weekend. >> that's your latest weather. sand driven at about 50 miles per hour is like getting nature's free dermabrasion. >> your skin will look fabulous the next time we see you. let's get to stephanie gosk who is in narragansett, rhode island. good morning again to you. >> reporter: good morning. well about the last hour it has
become considerably naser here in narragansett. there were a lot of people out here checking out the surf. some of them said they hadn't seen the likes of which in 45 years. now with this wind and driving rain it's driving them indoors. there's a weather buoy out in the ocean off of block island that recorded 20 1/2 foot waves just off the coast of block island. that's off the coast of here. good indication of how strong this storm is and how it is affecting new england. it's a concern of state officials here in rhode island and in other new england states that residents aren't going to take this seriously enough because they are going to look at the storm track and think oh, well it will hit new jersey and we'll be okay. the governor was here in narragansett. he had that message for people along this seawall telling them look you have to take this seriously. we're going to get flooding. maybe not a lot of rain. the wind may not be as strong but these waves are a very good indication of how dangerous it's going get here later in the day.
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back now with back now with more of our special coverage of hurricane sandy. a lot of people used the weekend to gear up for the storm. jeff rosen is at a home depot in queens this morning. jeff, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. we came on the air about an hour and a half ago and there was a ton of flash liblights. there's still flash lights left. no d batteries. that remains the issue. you can see on a table like this, a lot of batteries but the d batteries that people need to run those flash likes not available. there's been a rush of activity here in the past hour as people try to gear up. i'm looking outside it's beginning to rain a little bit and getting windy here in queens. this is chris. so why did you come out and wait until the last minute to get all of this?
>> i had some at home but the way they said it it's going to last for a couple of days. >> reporter: you were able to get some water. >> i not expecting to find water. >> reporter: that's great. you have flash lights. what about batteries. >> i'm going to try to find d batteries because they are sold out. so i bought a lot of these with aaa. >> reporter: good luck. please be safe. i'm glad he mentioned the water. real quick before we go. be safe. there's stillwater available which is very important as we've been telling you. that's what's happening here. >> jeff, i need two cases of water and 12 d batteries if you can pick them up. thank you so much. >> on my way to your house now. >> we'll have more coverage of hurricane sandy including a live report from al on the jersey shore right after this. honey! i think i'm getting burned! heh!
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sandy which is about to impact the east coast of the united states and president obama who was just briefed about the storm is expected to make remarks from the white house briefing room this morning having flown back from florida cancelling his appearance at a political event there this morning. we want to get to chuck todd who is in the briefing room. what are we kpeblting to hear. designee just got an update in the situation room from all of the places along the shore, also from fema, he was meeting with homeland security secretary, the head of fema. we hope to see some of those folks out here with the president as well. he woke up in orlando this morning, was is going to a campaign event but cancelled that to monitor the storm. >> chuck, we should mention here we are eight days to go until the election. this morning we'll be hearing from the president as the president not from barack obama the candidate for re-election. >> that's right. and, you know, as we also found out today, the president cancelled all campaign events
today and tomorrow, governor romney has also cancelled all campaign events after won that he's doing one this morning the rest of today and tomorrow. there's eight days left on the calendar but six on the campaign trail and yes the president he's doing -- he's got a job to do today. governor romney making the decision to stay off the television. >> he has made remarks this morning saying that thoughts and prayers are with those on the east coast who are struggling to deal with hurricane sandy, a story that's very much still developing at this hour. chuck, how are the candidates expected to handle this over the coming days, do you think they will continue to cancel events? >> well we know that they are going to tone down some remarks. it's a day-by-day. the question is how do they go back to getting on the campaign trail wednesday. a lot of it depends on what is the damage and how many people are without power. there's all sorts of unknowables at this point to figure that out but you can definitely know that the remarks that will be made on
the trail, it will be a different tone both from the president and from governor romney as they go through the next few days. >> the president is supposed to come out at any moment. let me bring in david gregory. david although the president is acting in his role as commander-in-chief and not a candidate this is an opportunity to show voters out there how he does his job. >> the two are never separated. the president is in campaign mode but leading the federal government's disaster relief and that's a crucial job. nevertheless those within the white house are nervous about the fact that there's two things happening. the race is frozen at the moment. if he's not out campaigning, if the messaging isn't getting through. then the matter of the federal response and how this potential disaster plays out affecting so many people. >> hello, everybody. i just received a full briefing from our emergency response teams including fema and agencies that are going to be
helpful in the response and recovery efforts, the department of energy, department of transportation, the department of homeland security and the department of health and human services. obviously everybody is aware at this point that this is going to be a big and powerful storm and all across the eastern seaboard i think everybody is taking the appropriate preparations. i have spoken to all the governors in all these states. they have issued emergency declarations, those have been turned around quickly here in the white house. we have pre-positioned assets so that fema personnel are working closely with state and local governments. we're making sure that food and water and emergency generation is available for those communities that are going to be hardest hit. we anticipate that the center of the storm is going to hit landfall sometime this evening. but because of the nature of the storm we are certain that this
is going to be a slow moving process through a wide swath of the country and millions of people will be affected. so, the most important message that i have for the public right now is please listen to what your state and local officials are saying. when they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. do not delay. don't pause. don't question. the instructions that are being given because this is a serious storm and it could potentially have fatal consequences if people haven't acted quickly. the good news is that the governors and local officials i think have had a few days of preparation. there's been extraordinarily close coordination between state, federal and local governments. and so we're confident that the assets are pre-positioned for an effective response in the aftermath of the storm. but keep in mind, that for folks
who are not following instructions, if you're not evacuating when you've been asked to evacuate, you're putting first responders at danger. we're going to have to have search-and-rescue teams in and around multiple states all at the same time and although we got coast guard and the department of defense all positioned, if the public is not following instructions that makes it more dangerous for people and it means that we could have fatalities that could have been avoid. transportation is going to be tied up for a long time and the most significant impact for a lot of people in addition to flooding is going to be getting power back on. we anticipate that there will be a lot of trees down. a lot of water. and despite the fact that power companies are working very closely with their various state officials and local officials to make sure they are bringing in as many assets as possible and getting those ready in preparation for the storm the
fact is a lot of these emergency crews can't get info signatures to start restoring power until these winds have died downed and because of the nature of the storm that may take several days. the public should anticipate that there's going to be a lot of power outages and i want may take time for that power to get back on. the same is true with transportation. a lot of backlogs and even after the storm has cleared it's going to take considerable amount of time for airlines, subway, trains and so forth potentially to get back, you know, on schedule depending on the amount of damage that has occurred. let me summarize i'm grateful for the cooperation of our state and local officials. the conversations that i've had with all the governors indicate that at this point there are no unmet needs. i think everybody is taking this very seriously. we got pre-positioned all the
resources that we need but right now the key is to make sure that the public is following instructions. for those of you who still need additional information about how to respond go to ready.gov, that's ready.gov and that website should provide you with all the information that your family needs in terms of how you can prepare for this storm. our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people who are potentially affected. we are extraordinarily grateful for our first responders because they are going to be working 24/7 around the clock nonstop and i want to make sure that our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who may end up be dealing with the very difficult situation over the next several days. last point i'll make though. this is a big storm, difficult storm. the great thing about america is when we go through tough time like this we all pull together. we look out for our friends, we
look out for our neighbors. and, you know, we set aside whatever issues we may have otherwise to make sure we respond appropriately and with swiftness and that's exactly what i anticipate will happen here. so, i want to thank all the federal teams, state and local teams that are in place. i'm confident that we're ready. but i think the public needs to prepare for the fact this will take a long time for us to clean up. the good news is we will clean up and we will get through this. all right. >> what about the impact on the election, sir? >> i'm not worried at this point about the impact on the election. i'm worried about the impact on families and worried about the impact on our first responders. i'm worried about the impact on our economy. and on transportation. the election will take care of itself next week. right now our number one priority is to make sure that we are saving lives, that our search-and-rescue teams will be in place, people will get the
food, water, shelter that they need in case of emergency and that we respond as quickly as possible to get the economy back on track. all right. thank you, everybody. >> that's president obama in the briefing room of the white house saying that he has been fully briefed on the impact that hurricane sandy will have on people living along the east coast of the united states. he described it as a big powerful storm and said he's certain it will be a slow moving event that's going to impact a wide area. he said he's spoken to the governors of the states that will be affected and i think three or four times he said he is completely satisfied that they have pre-positioned the assets that will be needed to handle an effective response in the wake of this storm. let's go back to david gregory our moderator of "meet the press." david what did you hear? >> in a way it's very practical information coming from the president of the united states. powerful. i'm surprised he didn't say you
shouldn't get your lawn furniture in. some of that basic information is important. coming from him, warning people that power will be out, warning people to listen when your local officials say that you got to stay indoors and evacuate if you've been asked to do that, look he understands well the lessons of hurricane katrina. they had the advantage here of some preparation and he wants people to heepd those warnind t. getting federal government back to work and school systems back open the power could be out for a number of days and winds will have to die down before those extra crews in the mid-atlantic i can tell you from monitoring reports this morning can get about business of trying to restore power. so i think all of that was striking and then as he said he's not worried about the election. the reality is they realize things are frozen in the election which is never desirable. >> david gregory in washington. thank you very much. >> speaking of the election let's get to peter alexander. he's traveling with governor
romney's campaign. he's with us via phone from cleveland, ohio. peter good morning. >> reporter: within the last hour or so we've now heard from the romney campaign that they will be cancelling events scheduled for this evening and cancelled all of tomorrow's events scheduled to take place in ohio and in iowa. he does have another event a short time from now that will take place in iowa. right now he's in ohio and just about 30 minutes ago he wrapped up an address speaking to supporters in the community of avon lake, ohio about the need to support hurricane relief efforts and about the need to win the state of ohio. >> i don't think there's been a hurricane in ohio in a long time but there's been some hurricanes that cause ad lot of damage across this country and hurt a lot of families and families in harm's way that will be hurt in their possession or smothering severe. so i would like to ask you to think about making a contribution to the red cross or to another relief agency to be
of help if you possibly can in any way you can imagine to help those who are in harm's way. we're counting on ohio. i know the people of the atlantic coast are counting on ohio and the rest of our states but i also think that people of the entire nation are counting on ohio. because my guess is -- my guess is that if ohio votes me in as president i'll be the next president of the united states. thank you so very much. >> reporter: that was mitt romney a matter of minutes ago speaking here in the state of ohio trying to walk that delicate line between putting public safety ahead of politics recognizing there's only a week left. he told reporters that he had a conversation earlier with the republican governors of virginia and new jersey as they prepare for sandy to hit land. matt? >> peter alexander traveling with the romney campaign in ohio. peter thank you very much. >> good time to check back in with al roker who is along the
jersey shore in point pleasant beach. al what's the situation there? >> reporter: well not much of a change, savannah. the hurricane sandy is right now less than 250 miles away from new york city. south-southeast. it is moving north-northwest at 18 miles per hour. 90 mile-per-hour winds. we may get some strengthening within the next few hours before it makes landfall and it will make landfall somewhere along the jersey coast probably right at the mid-point and that's the worst location as far as storm surge is concerned for folks along the northern jersey shore, new york's harbor, the south facing beaches of long island and connecticut. talking a storm surge of anywhere of five to 11 feet. guys, back to you. >> al roker who has been on duty all morning long out there in point pleasant beach. al thank you very much. thanks to our correspondents stationed up and down the east coast and our crews as well. >> we'll have more on this storm throughout the day on msnbc, the
weather channel and nightly nugs tonight. >> a lot of you returning to local programming. we'll see you lalater. 9:58. our big story is the san francisco giants are on top of the world this morning. >> line drive into centerfield. that's a base hit. here comes theriot. the throw. not in time. >> and that is the way it would stay. the giants celebrating into the wee hours of today. they are expected to arrive at sfo at 3:00 this afternoon. we will be there when they arrive and they will have a parade on wednesday. we will see you in 30.
from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >> congratulations, everybody, you made it to tri-day friday. that's right, the big week with everybody back to school, back to work. >> and the fall. yes, the fall has kind of begun. all right, so this is kind of an interesting story we're starting with. when your kids lose their teeth, okay, and put them under the pillow. >> they love to do around that age. >> how much money do you put under the pillow for them if your child lost a tooth? apparently, there's an average. the average cost of a tooth is now $3. $3.
>> that surprises me with times tough for people. $3 is groceries. i always gave the kids -- i don't even remember how much, but i gave them more for the first tooth, then when they lost the whole mouth -- >> when you were a kid, do you remember getting money under your pillow? >> a quarter. that was in the '80s, you know? >> when a quarter meant something. >> a quarter was a dollar. >> some parents do go crazy, leave $10, $20 under the pillow for a tooth. you ruin it for the other kids. >> human nature is never going to change, hoda. as soon as you accept that, you're going to be a happier person. >> 32 teeth, 32 times $3 is, what? >> $96? >> $96, so there. that's all i have to say about that. alleged allegedly, i did. i didn't study math.
this is sad, you hear about the kids who allegedly cheated on the test at harvard about the introduction to congress. but anyway, this is upsetting. this best-selling author, who has been posting positive reviews on amazon.com, not just posting great reviews of his own -- never seen what he looked like. >> he's a crime writer, he writes crime novels, you may have read it "a simple act of violence." >> i missed that. >> he wrote on his own amazon page. he wrote "a modern masterpiece." can you imagine? >> cuts your soul. >> a modern masterpiece. >> we all think what we write is. let somebody else say it. he was outed by a fellow crime writer for posting the glowing reviews. here's the thing, it's one thing to put the glowing reviews about yourself, he posted really
negative reviews for his competitors' novels. that's just not right. >> here's the thing, r.j. elroy confessed that he did it, said he was guilty of it, that's it. >> he said the practice is very widespread among authors. get your friends to do it, you know? >> you know what -- >> don't do it yourself. >> you know what book i'm reading that is so crazy good that i didn't think it was going to be, and i know it's been on the best seller forever, i know i'm late, "killing lincoln." it reads like a -- if they had all history books written like that, kids would devour them. john wilkes booth was an actor, kind of a ryan goessling. he at one point lunged at lincoln. he was kind of a celebrity and that's why he wanted to kill lincoln in his own house in ford
theater, because that's where he performed. >> bad review, hate his politics? >> hated all the stuff with the spring of the slaves, and, you know. >> i heard this is fantastic. >> i can't put it down. >> it's actually being made into a movie, i think, with wrigley scott. >> really? they should write all history books like that, because you can't put it down. and who would have thought? they could do it with every president, i bet, something juicy. >> i was out in l.a. and i went to that -- remember that darling irish actress in "touched by an angel"? i loved her, we became friends. hadn't seen her much. she's married now to mark burnett, who's a brilliant, brilliant producer, "survivor," "apprentice." they are doing a 14-part series called "the bible" for the history channel starting at the first of the year.
they said people don't realize how fascinating these stories are. whether you believe they actually happened or not is another question, but the stories themselves have everything. yes, real housewives of the old testament. it's unbelievable. yes, got it all, got it all. anyway, i totally -- >> you know, it's funny, all this history and everything in the past, it's amazing how relevant it is and how fascinating it still is. okay, so here's something restaurants are considering that may upset you. okay, when it is peak time to eat, 7:00, 8:00. >> people peak at different times. >> pretend it's the hot time for a table, many restaurants are considering raising the prices for your meal at that time. the same steak you buy at 5:30 costs you more if you buy it at 8:00 at night, because they want to clear those tables and keep people moving. >> i get it. >> many places have the early bird special, less expensive meal earlier, but now they are
thinking about raising the prices later in the evening. >> no, there are new york restaurants that are not going to do that. >> they are talking about it. >> one thing we don't like as much is the trend that they are starting to keep logs about you. >> so in other words, you walk in -- there's some good points to it. they know ms. gifford likes her water sparkling. hi, welcome, here's your table, she likes sparkling water and chardonnay. they know your preferences and record them, but what they also record is if you're a good tipper. >> not afraid of that, frank gifford is the best tipper in the world. go ahead. >> what if frank gifford had the worst waiter in the world? >> he still would. i wouldn't. i wouldn't, i don't think you should condone bad behavior. >> it may be in your log when you walk in as the bad tipper, so they may put you at a crummy table at the back by the kitchen. >> i as a consumer will not go
back to that restaurant. there's a way to serve your customers, and i like knowing that, you know, there's certain places we go that take care of you, they know the table you like. i have been writing for the past year, hoda, a little musical, like a 90-minute review more called "table at mary's" about all the people that go to the little pub where frank and i were first married and the stories of the different people that go to the same table every day and have the same thing. and it's such a slice of humanity. >> when do you have time? what are you doing? >> i don't right now, i don't, i don't. john mcdaniels has been writing the music for it. it's been fun. he's going to be 82 on september 14th. >> happy birthday. so here are your most hated pet names for women when your husband/boyfriend calls you these names. here they are, the top five. baby girl.
>> ding. >> baby doll. >> ding. >> snookums. >> ding. >> sweet cheeks. >> i kind of like that one. >> you do? and number one, babe. >> i like babe. i like "babe" the movie about the pig. >> i don't like sweet cheeks, anything that sounds fat, i don't like. >> you don't have an ounce of anything anywhere on you. >> wait, wait, let's go to the other names real quick. food names, women don't like being called muffin, baby cakes, again, what i said, pudding, pumpkin, and pickle. >> i think those are all names for babies. you know? >> pumpkin, muffin. >> when we were having cody, we knew it was a boy but didn't have a name yet, we had to study for la mazz, we called the baby pudding until the baby came.
cute name for a baby. >> what do you call frank? hot? >> breakfast, lunch, and dinner. bobbie thomas is not with us today. she is in hawaii. she's going to come back, because we love her. >> bring home a lai for us, honey. >> hey. okay, it's time for your -- >> don't you like your hawaiian lais? >> your friday funny. >> have you ever heard, hoda, the saying marriage is like a deck of cards? >> no. >> in the beginning, all you need is two hearts and a diamond. by the end, you wish you had a club and a spade. i don't write them, folks. i'm the dumb smuck that says them on television. actress susan lucci tells us about real love gone wrong. >> how does she know? she's been married forever and they are still in love. we'll be back right after this. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso.
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it is hard to believe susan lucci spent 41 years as erica cain on the soap opera "all my children." she was ducked daytime's leading lady. >> now she is getting ready for her latest role as the host of "deadly affairs" on id investigation discovery. take a look. >> don't you love the summer? everything is just so hot. when the blood heats up, there's
no telling what a man or a woman might do. like my second husband said or was it my third? there's no shame in enjoying the finer things in life but best to enjoy them one at a time. >> who is better than you? who's better than you? you are having way too much fun. you should be arrested. how much fun is it? when they came to you with this concept. you've never done this sort of work before. >> i have never done this kind of thing before. i never hosted anything before. >> that surprises me. >> i've also never done a lot of voiceover before. this whole thing is brand-new territory to me, challenging fun, and sadly when "all my children" was canceled, i thought going forward, what i want to do is something i've never done. >> porn was out of the question. >> porn was out of the question. wanted to be excited about it. and know i was in good hands. when henry shleiss called. i love him.
>> henry never calls. love him. >> he's awesome. awesome presentation, made me laugh. he showed me a scene and yes, this is it. >> these are true stories, affairs and murders. >> exactly. >> people are fascinated by that. >> they are. there is a website of addicts of investigation and discovery because they are addicted. to i.d.'s credit they are pushing the envelope, they are not saying yeah, yeah, we are great. let's see where we can go now. this is a whole new way of hosting the crime show. crime, total reenactment, actual crimes of passion, triangles that go wrong. really wrong. i'm hosting, but as a character. not erica cain, but a nod to the character. >> jackie colins-ish. >> i'm on location and doing costume changes and doing the narration of the story in the voice of that character. so it's fun. the writing is so clever.
>> it's a serious topic. what's interesting is walking the line between having fun. >> thank you, hoda. we are not. that's the first thing i asked about. the comments and the character is all about relationships between men and women or whoever and that's of course the thing i think that is so fascinating. that they tell such good stories. this is really a commentary on the relationship part. when we talk about the victims, of course, there is nothing funny at all. >> but these stories are not about the murder, they are about the marriage. some people get lost in the crime portion, but it's about all the relationships. >> which is why i think people are so fascinated by this. you get the peek behind the closed doors and you see the person punished for the crime. >> look what's happening here. >> that old saying, divorce never, murder, i think about it every day. >> do you miss "all my children?"
do you think about it all the time or move past that? >> "all my children" went off the air just about a year ago. it has taken me this entire year. i've been going through a mourning process. it's a loss and i miss "all my children" family. missing the people every day. my friends, my colleagues, in the trenches. >> you worked with the same crew for years. >> here in new york and we moved to l.a. the last two years of the shoot. you don't expect that twice in your lifetime. so another fabulous group. what i'm happy about here in new york and shooting "deadly affairs" here in new york, i have my new york team with me, hair, makeup, and wardrobe. >> how about that hunky husband? >> he's hunky as ever. >> how many years? >> also 41. we were married about three weeks before i got the call to audition for erica cain. >> you know way hate about you, you look exactly the way you did 41 years ago.
it's really starting to annoy us a lot. >> god bless you, kathie lee and look who's talking. >> premiers tomorrow night on investigation discovery. speaking of a potentially deadly affair. >> sara is rallying up our fans to ask any questions they want. >> could be dangerous. i had enough of feeling embarrassed about my skin. [ designer ] enough of just covering up my moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. i decided enough is enough. ♪ [ spa lady ] i started enbrel. it's clinically proven to provide clearer skin. [ rv guy ] enbrel may not work for everyone -- and may not clear you completely, but for many, it gets skin clearer fast, within 2 months, and keeps it clearer up to 9 months. [ male announcer ] because enbrel®, etanercept, suppresses your immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal, events including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers, and nervous system and blood disorders have occurred. before starting enbrel, your doctor should test you for tuberculosis
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store. >> always a dangerous thing. okay, sara, what do you got? >> first up, we've got rafaelus from canada. >> what is your favorite broadway musical? >> well, what could that be? there is one we heard of that hasn't come out called "scandalous." that's an upcoming one. >> "once" we enjoyed this last season. oh, let's see. jimmy, help us? >> "once" is good. >> i'm hearing nice things about a show called "chaplin" if you're interested in the likes of charlie chaplin. that is opening, i think, this weekend. or maybe it's soon. i know that. "scandalous" opens on october 13th for previews. come see us, please. >> next up, a fashion question from emily from texas. >> hi, since it's new york fashion week, we wanted to ask y'all what is your must-have accessory for the fall? >> why don't you go first? >> i'm terrible to ask this year.
i'm not shopping or anything. what i usually like to do is go over to saks fifth avenue on the 8th floor and get two new great pairs of shoes for fall. you don't need a lot, but maybe one or two pairs of shoes to spruce up an older wardrobe. i like to do that. i don't think i'll have time this year. what about you, hoda? >> i wear the same dresses over and over, as you know. >> really? >> i care more about the jewelry portion. it's the same dress with different earrings. >> jen miller has gorgeous stuff. >> hoda, that changes the whole look, though. >> thank you. >> thanks, guys. >> middleton does it, why can't my hodawoman. >> that's it? >> thanks. we'll find out if your kitchen is making you sick. how to counter the dangers. got a fashion emergency? jill martin is here to help you.
and we'll show you how to fix those annoying little problems. he's going to answer your questions about your house. >> not talking about your husband, talking about your house. >> exactly. [ male announcer ] connoisseurs of flavor. experts in aroma. they're the world championship cheese judges. [ air horn blowing ] and while they might seem kind of odd to you -- like this guy -- we just love them. and at the 2012 championship, they awarded cracker barrel gold for cheddar for its rich, full flavor. thanks cheese geniuses. cracker barrel. it's cheddar, perfected. who emailed it to emily, who sent it to cindy,
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san raphael. watch out for 200 feet or less in san mateo. we are improving in novato. highs today will be comfortable. 80 in livermore. the full forecast today at 11:00. mike. the spots you showed were below a .25 of visibility. the fog is not as thick here. it may be tough in spots on the roadway. you can't see the high-rise there. that is across the san mateo bridge. you can make out the light volume of traffic there. you can't make out the east shore frway. marla, back to you. we are celebrating the giants world series win. the merchandise is now on sale. we will tell you where you can get your hands on some. plan for a parade through the streets of san francisco already in the works. what you need to know if you want to go. that is coming up at 11:00.
laura garcia-cannon and i will see you then. we are back on this try day friday with more of "today." is your kitchen making you sick? most of us think we know how to keep it germ free. >> you may be shocked to learn where your cooking and cleaning habits fall short. >> shame, shame. >> here to quiz us on kitchen dues and kitchen don'ts, deputy editor of "prevention" magazine. >> kitchen dos or don'ts. store boxes of rice and cereal from their original packaging. >> don't. wait. what is the question? >> leave it in the box. >> i say leave it alone. >> i say don't. put it in a zip top. >> this is a kitchen don't exactly. >> why, what happens? >> buggies and things. >> i put mine in the fridge. >> why didn't you say that? >> it wasn't an option.
>> instead of baggies use plastic so you're not leeching chemicals into your food. do or don't, keep your sponge upright in the holder? >> what holder? >> in your sponge holder. >> we know this is problematic to begin with. i say throw it out. >> i would say upright. >> me, too. >> let it breathe and air dry completely. >> like some other things. >> every couple of days you need to sterilize it in the microwave for 30 seconds or the dishwasher. or throw it away and get a new one. >> they are not that expensive. there is so much bacteria there. >> cutting board. >> kitchen do or don't. hand wash your plastic cutting board after reusing it. >> as opposed to putting it in the dishwasher? >> hand wash it? >> i would say hand wash it really well. >> ding.
it's a kitchen don't. >> ha, ha, ha. >> dishwasher or more boiling water. the temperature is much higher. >> what is the score? >> i don't know. >> go on. >> kitchen do or don't. defrost poultry, fish or meat in the fridge. >> do. i say do. what do you say? >> i say do that, too. >> you're right. if you need to speed up the process, run under cold water in the sink. >> what about warm water? >> no. another meat question. kitchen do or don't. defrost meats on the top shelf of the fridge. >> don't. >> it's the coldest on the top, but it can drip down. >> nasty. >> store leftover beverages in the fridge.
if you take a few sips. >> definitely. >> no. >> this is a kitchen don't. you're right, you're wrong. i'm sorry. germs from your mouth can breed bacteria even in the fridge and that makes you sick. >> how long are you leaving the can in the fridge? >> being kitchen do or don't. wash your produce soon as you get home. >> no. that's a don't. >> why? >> i know it's a don't. >> you're right. mold and other microbes grow in the fridge. you need to wash them right before you cook them. >> what is the score? >> is this a tiebreaker? >> no. there are two more. >> kitchen do or don't. leave meals warming on the stove or in the oven. your husband is running late. >> it seems perfectly fine to do, but it's counterintuitive. i'm going to say don't do that.
>> i say the stove. >> do neither actually. bacteria can grow up to 135 degrees fahrenheit. even in the oven, bacteria can grow. if it's more than two hours keep it in the fridge. >> i got that one, too. >> we don't know what the score is. >> let's go to the lemons. >> they are here all the time. >> it's imaginary. >> should you allow pets in your kitchen? >> i want to hear what this one says. >> yes. >> i say the answer is no. that's the tie-breaking winning answer. >> this is a don't. you would be horrified if you saw a kitchen in a restaurant. they have bacteria all over their mouths. >> we love you. thank you. >> what is the prize? you didn't come with a prize? >> i didn't come with a prize. >> here it comes. we're ready. where is it? where is it? >> bring it! >> it's the lemons. >> i'm the winner. >> would you like to refinish the wood cabinets in your kitchen yourself?
>> lou manfredini is going to answer all your questions. right after this. a febreze experiment. can a 30-day-old pluggable febreze make even this old container smell fresh? take a deep breath. describe the room that you're in. i think just like a big, open space. like i'm hanging the sheets on the line. and it smells really fresh, man. let's take your blindfold off. oh! [ both laugh ] super-weird! oh, is it febreze? yeah. ohh, how about that? febreze has anti-clogging technology that keeps it smelling fresh, even after 30 days. febreze. breathe happy. that keeps it smelling fresh, even after 30 days. ♪ ♪ that keeps it smelling fresh, fruit just got cooler. fruit on one side, cool on the other. new ice breakers duo. a fruity, cool way to break the ice. with a vial and syringe. me, explaining what i was doing at breakfast.
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>> thank you. what do they say? >> lesley says, i cannot afford to put in new wood cabinets in my kitchen. any idea how to renew them? >> this is an awesome secret of the antique world i discovered years ago. i've given this tip a lot. it really works. it's a product from california called howard's restore a finish. it works terrifically well on kitchen cabinets. they say don't ruin our doors. i'm going to make it look better. comes in different colors. neutral, this is a cherry. quadruple zero steel wool. the more zeros, the finer the steel wool. you take a little and go with the grain nice and easily. don't scratch. what you're doing is giving your wood a facial. >> a little facial, yeah. >> go back and forth with the grain, a little back and forth. watch when i wipe this away how nice this looks. you get a heat ring on a dining room table, you do this and it
takes it right away. >> what was the name of that product? >> howard's restore a finish. different colors. very good. >> what is the best solution to use for hair being clogged in the shower drain. >> we had that the other day. had to call a guy in. >> your number one clog is with hair, whether it's in the shower drain or vanity. take the stopper out. when you go underneath your sink, this makes the stopper go up and down. all you have to do is loosen this little tab right here. pull it off. this drain pulls out. >> i would be afraid i couldn't put it back. >> it's easy. we put hair in there. this is called the drain clog. greatest invention ever i didn't invent. it has velcro on the end and a piece of wire, for crying out loud. put inside the drain in your sink or bathroom. pull it down in there. you're going to be amazed and disgusted all in one.
>> did susan do that? >> looks like a mouse. it looks like a mouse. this is reusable. most people say i'm going to throw this away. just clean it. a $4 item. will somebody take this? there we go. >> our next one. there is an odor coming from my bathroom sinks. i tried baking soda, peroxide, boiling water didn't help. >> what happens is, there's a trap down there that holds water so you don't hear the sewer gas. i pour all this stuff down there. bacteria forms outside of the drain above the water. take a little pine sol. pour a little bit down in there. >> i love the smell. >> i do, too. this is a pipe brush. push it down in the drain and scrub it up and down. cleaning those sides. this takes two seconds. this will be all dirty. this is the tooth paste and washing your face, it goes on the sides there. that's where the odor comes from. >> it's gum on the sides.
>> scum! >> you're gross. >> last one. i just moved into a new house that was -- that has an old thermostat. my question is, can i change it to a digital thermostat easy or does it require a pro? >> it's very easy. this is a more traditional one and programmable. this is what people need to know. by installing a programmable thermostat and using it to manipulate the temperature, you can save up to 20% on your energy bills. >> as opposed to keeping it at the same temperature? >> when you take this off the wall, you're going to see this is the base plate. the wires come through here. what you can't see, there are letters, a w, a "y", "n." that has to do with the colors of the wire. yellow is "y," "w" is white. you correspond those to this. snap it back in place. you need a masters degree to program it. i'm kidding.
to put the wires on it is easy. manipulating that temperature, you'll save money and be more comfortable. this does the temperature within one degree. >> thank you, lou manfredini. >> who is better than lou? >> nobody! are you ready for a wardrobe malfunction? >> jill martin with simple solutions to your fashion emergency right after this. ♪ [ female announcer ] at yoplait, we want you to feel even better about your favorite flavors. so when you call, tweet, and post, we listen. that's why yoplait light and yoplait original are now made with no high fructose corn syrup. and why we use only natural colors and natural flavors in yoplait original. so, anything else we can do for you, let us know. but you'll keep it to yogurt, right? 'cause we shouldn't really help with your love life. yoplait. it is so good! 'cause we shouldn't really help with your love life. mommy! i went potty! that's great, honey....
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we are back on this try day friday with "today's style." everything you need for a fashion emergency. >> for removing stains and mending something on the go for something for the man in your life. here with all the goods, jill martin, contributor to "today" and "us weekly." >> and author. >> we are starting wita vest starting at $50. you work out during the day. i'll start with me. i'm in this jacket.
then i'm a little hot so i take my jacket off and become a vest. and then i don't feel like stopping home so i have all my things in all the pockets. it is a jacket and organizational. it is like having your wallet and purse in your jacket. >> i like that. that is great. >> starting at $50. this is such a good-looking jacket with a belt. they have tons of options. i like that for people who like to be hands-free. >> that would be great for tourists. i've got my belt thing. >> these two-for-one. they're leggings and they become tights. this comes out, you see? it unfolds and goes right into a foot here. you see? >> no. it comes from a legging and becomes a tight. there is a footy in it. >> like footy pajamas.
>> it's a tight and leggings. >> it slides in. >> we are wasting time. >> $38 to $50. this is to hold your tablet if you have a kindle and could double as a clutch. if you're going from the office and out at night. this, if you have an ordinary belt and need to spruce it up, you could buy a letter and slide it on your strap. >> cute. >> this they are doing special for fashion week. $2.95. it has everything here. pit stains, no pockets, nip slips, ring around the collar. it fits right in your purse. >> smart. >> your key chain or purse. smell this. it's rose. $10. >> that smells pretty. >> that will take you from day to night, lotion and perfume. i love that as a small scent. traveling hopefully.
this is travel packets, but it's shampoo and conditioner. really good shampoo and conditioner. it's just like this. >> you can take it on a plane. >> your carry-on, it's not 3 ounces. >> exactly. it's fabulous. it comes like this. it's a foundation, which is the bottom. then a concealer on top. >> cool. >> and it comes with a brush. >> i need that for tonight. >> where are you going? >> it's none of your business. i'll tell you on monday. >> duality make-up. there is a nail polish, then a nail file inside. then remover. >> wow. that is so great. >> that is so clever. >> this is if you -- feel these. these are disposable personalized place mats. in your kitchen, if you're
having a dinner party with kids and want them to be fun, this is great. $40 success. these are for wayward collars. there is a magnet underneath. you put it in and it snaps. this is for your man's fashion emergency. they also have really fun -- you can use them for women. it's a great gift. >> you did it. how to save time and put the fun back in your workout. burning extra calories while knocking out your chores. >> this is "today" on nbc. good morning! wow.
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personal trainer christine lucita. these are the kinds of exercises one of our producers who shall remain nameless joanne la marcus does around the house. she's like a size 0, so let's listen up. >> that's what she says. >> so we can combine these things. >> i'll show how to clean and get lean. this is a fun one. this is a creative way to get a leg workout and clean floor. >> what are these shoes? >> these are dusting slippers. we are going side skate with the legs all at the same time. five in each direction. good. clean that floor. and switch. >> where do you buy these shoes? >> you can buy online and anywhere. they are just a lot of fun. let's do the back lunge. and clean that floor. make it shine like the top of that chrysler building. there you go. >> i like that. >> right on to the floor.
here we go. we all want to work our inner thighs. let's scissor our legs. three more. >> you all right? let's move up to the vacuum. two things i don't like, cleaning and working out. >> you're vacuuming. we just start off by a basic lunge. you can put them on your legs. start off with a lunge. i put a weight on there to get more of an upper body workout. another great way to work your major muscle groups, lunge. >> lunging. >> let's go to the next thing. this is a great fun way to be
creative. fold your laundry and get a strong core all at the same time. >> you need to fold the laundry. >> i'm watching. >> sit down, cinderella. >> grab your laundry. lean back. here we go. we are going to fold the laundry. >> are you kidding me? >> we all are. you want to get sexier. bring it to the other side. here you go. >> no, i can't. >> we've got to run. that was a great workout. coming up on monday, blake shelton is going to be here. we love him. and "american idol" judge randy jackson. bye.
>> announcer: this is an nbc special report, hurricane sandy. here is brian williams. >> good day from new york. we're tracking the slow turn of the hurricane sandy that has turned it's devastating left hook. it's going to make landfall later today on the jersey shore. tonight's high tide will add a cruel and historic component for all those ins it path. it has the ability to redraw the map of the coastline as it attacks new jersey. that's the start of it. millions will be without power, many for days. the storm then follows an s-curve all the way up through new england. but for now, to